The 2022 NHL Draft will hold the first round on Thursday, July 7, with Rounds 2-7 on Friday starting at 11 a.m. ET. The first round starts at 7 p.m. ET from Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. The Montreal Canadiens have the first pick in the draft, which doesn’t really feature a generational talent (though you never know). The Habs will likely be selecting between two prospects: Shane Wright and Juraj Slafkovsky. Wright is out of the OHL and is a true center. Slafkovsky is a power wing from Slovakia.
So far we’ve already had some big news on the trade front prior to the draft. Below we’re going to be tracking every deal from the first round on Thursday night.
2022 NHL Draft trade rumors
The Sharks will get the No. 27 pick tonight as well as two additional picks in the deal for No. 11 overall.
Pick being traded to ARIZ from SJ— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 8, 2022
Montreal then turned the 13th pick and No. 66 into Blackhawks forward Kirby Dach.
MON 13 and 66 to CHI for Dach— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 7, 2022
The Habs got the 13th pick in a trade with the Islanders for No. 98 and Alexander Romanov.
Habs trade Alexander Romanov and pick 98 to the Islanders for pick No 13— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 7, 2022
The Hawks shipped LW Alex DeBrincat to the Sens in exchange for a three-pick package which includes the No. 7 overall pick in the draft tonight. DeBrincat is set to become a restricted free agent after the 2022-23 season. He will make $6.4 million this upcoming season before needing a new contract. There’s a chance the Sens sign DeBrincat to an extension once the calendar flips on the new NHL year.
The Avs traded for Rangers backup goalie Alexandar Georgiev, giving up two third-round picks (one in 2023) and a fifth-round pick in Thursday’s draft. Georgiev is a restricted free agent once the calendar flips, so he’ll need to a new deal. Colorado is expected to get a deal done after reports of goalie Darcy Kuemper leaving via free agency. Kuemper just helped the Avs win the Cup and could command a large salary.